Maintenance

Granite

An Ideal Stone for Kitchen Countertops & Floors

Because of it's durability and longevity granite is great for heavily used surfaces. Available in every color imaginable, it has become one of the most popular stones on the market. Leading consumer magazines have given granite the highest overall performance rating as a kitchen countertop material.

Cleaning your granite:

  • Use warm water and a small amount of non-abrasive soap
  • Rinse with clear warm water
  • Dry thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth

Please note: Cleaners and disinfectants made specifically for silica/quartz-based stones are available at most home centers, hardware stores, stone fabrication shops, and flooring centers. (Directions for use are printed on the label)

Granite composite: The American Geological Institute defines granite as an intrusive igneous rock composed of 25% - 35% quartz and over 50% potassium and sodium rich feldspars, with a common accessory mineral of less than 20%, usually muscovite, biotite, or hornblende.

Color: The color of granite is governed largely by that of the feldspar, usually the most abundant mineral. However if considerable amounts of quartz, hornblende, or mica are present the color may be modified.

Bacteria: Bacteria requires several things in order to thrive and grow: oxygen, water, sunlight, nutrients, and a substrate to form on. The minerals in granite are toxic to bacteria. As a result, there is no habitable environment for bacteria to live and grow on a granite surface.

 

Marble   

Marble is ideal for bathrooms, formal floor applications, walls, fireplace surrounds and vanity tops. Ease of care, beauty and elegance make it a top choice for homeowners.

Marble is not recommended for kitchen applications as it is more prone to stains than granite.

Cleaning your stone:

  • Use warm water and a small amount of neutral pH non-abrasive soap
  • Rinse with clear warm water
  • Dry thoroughly with a clean soft cloth

Please note: Cleaners and disinfectants made specifically for calcium carbonate based stones are available at most home centers, hardwares stores, stone fabrication shops and flooring centers. (Directions for use printed on label)

 Marble composite: Marble is geologically defined as a metamorphic rock predominately consisting of fine to coarse grained, re-crystallized calcite and/or dolomite. In the commercial industry, onyx is traditionally included in the same classification as marble.

Color: Dolomite marble often weathers to a tan or buff color due to the oxidation of a slight amount of iron released from the marble. Calcite marble occurs in many colors from the trace-amount impurities such as organic matater, chlorite, epidote, and minor amounts of land-derived clays, silts, and sands or they may already be stained with the iron in them.

 

Travertine   

Travertine is a type of limestone that is very popular for interior and exterior wall cladding as well as flooring applications.

Cleaning your stone:

  • Use warm water and a small amount of neutral pH non-abrasive soap
  • Rinse with clear warm water
  • Dry thoroughly with a clean soft cloth

Please note: Cleaners and disinfectants made specifically for calcium carbonate based stones are available at most home centers, hardware stores, stone fabrication shops, and flooring centers.

Travertine composite: Calcium carbonate

 

Onyx   

Because of its translucence onyx can create an aesthetically intriguing look for several areas of your home or business such as wall or bar areas.

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Limestone   

Popular limestone applications include flooring and interior & exterior wall cladding and backsplashes.  

Cleaning your stone:

  • Use warm water and a small amount of neutral pH non-abrasive soap
  • Rinse with clear warm water
  • Dry thoroughly with a clean soft cloth

Please note: Cleaners and disinfectants made specifically for calcium carbonate based stones are available at most home centers, hardware stores, stone fabrication shops, and flooring centers.

Limestone composite: Limestone is a sedimentary stone with at least 50% by weight calcite or calcium carbonate content. It is a "clastic" sedimentary stone and is composed of grains or fragments of biologic origin, ranging from fossils or organically derived granis that weigh a mere fraction of an ounce, to dinosaur bones that may weigh tons.

Color: The color, veinings, and shadings are caused by substances included in minor amounts during formation. These include iron-bearing minerals, clay, and organic material thought to be residual from the soft parts of tiny marine animals.

 

Slate   

Its timeless beauty, range of colors, and many finishes contribute to the use of slate in many homes for flooring and wall applications.

 

Do's & Don'ts

Do regularly seal the stone with a high quality water-based penetrating sealer
Do always use coasters and placemats
Do immediately blot up spills with a paper towel
Do towel dry natural stone floors after cleaning
Do squeegee shower walls after each use
Do dust mop floors frequently
Don't use TOO much detergent as it can cause a light film or streaking
Don't use citric cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, cleaners containing vinegar, or tub & tile cleaners (This may cause etching in the stone) If spills occur, don't wipe the area, wiping spreads the spill
Don't allow water to air dry on natural stone, as chemicals and minerals aer left behind after water evaporates

 

Surface Finishes

Honed - A satin smooth surface with little or no gloss.
Polished - Mirror gloss, with sharp reflections.
Flamed - Finish produced by application of high-temperature flame to the surface.
Tumbled - A weathered, aging finish created when stone is tumbled with sand, pebbles, or steel bearings.
Cobbled - A finish that replicates rusticated or distressed texture.
Leather - You won't be able to help yourself! When you view our new Leather Finish Collection you'll want to run your hands over the supple 'leather' texture applied to five unique granite options! Our Leather Collection is exquisite when used in kitchens, master baths or for that special rec room bar! Exotic, yet neutral enough for almost any decor style, homeowners are clammering to literally get their hands on our newest collection!

 

 

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